Diqing Shangri-La Airport

Airport Code: DIG



Located in the southwest suburb of Shangri-La County, Diqing Shangri-La Airport is 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles) from the county. It is connected with the city by 214 National Highway and Shangri-La Kangba Main Road.

Brief intro:

Covering an area of 2,185,300 square meters (540 acres), the airport consists of two terminals to serve the public. The old terminal (T1) covers an area of 3,073 square meters (3,675 square yards); and the new one (T2), occupying 14,000 square meters (3.5 acres), is a two-story building with 5 air bridges, 6 security check channels, and 10 check-in counters. T2 also has the transfer area, VIP lounge, and ATMs. Additionally, restaurants and shopping centers are available inside T2.

Passengers will see typical Tibetan-style decorations when arriving at this airport. The Tibetan paintings hung on the walls are also worth a visit. Outside the airport passengers can see beautiful scenery such as clear blue sky, white clouds, and green mountains.

Shangri-La Flights

The airport currently operates 7 domestic air routes to Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Kunming, Lhasa, and Shanghai.

Boarding procedures should be completed 90 minutes prior to flight departure time. Check-in counters are closed 30 minutes before flight departure. The specific requirements should follow the passenger guides shown on air tickets.


China Eastern Yunnan Airlines (MU), Sichuan Airlines (3U), Lucky Air (8L), China Southern Airlines (CZ), Chongqing Airlines (OQ)

Airport Transportation

No shuttle bus is provided at this airport. Passengers can take a taxi to travel between the airport and the county. Usually, it costs about CNY30 per person for 20-minutes ride from the airport to Shangri-La County.

 How to get to Shangri-La Bus Station from the airport?
Passengers can take a taxi to Shangri-La Bus Station. It usually takes about 20 minutes and costs CNY20.

 How to get to Potatso National Park from the airport?
First, take a taxi to Shangri-La Bus Station. From there, passengers can take a bus to Potatso National Park. The bus departs at 09:30 and returns at 15:00. Duration is 40 minutes or so and ticket fare is CNY30 per person round trip.

Passengers can take a taxi to Potatso National Park directly. Duration is about 30 minutes. It costs around CNY150 round trip.

 Chartered Bus
Chartered bus is also a good choice. It costs about CNY200 per day. From the airport to Potatso National Park takes about 30 minutes.

Facilities and Services

 Inquiry: Two inquiry desks are located on the first and second floors of T2.
 Hotline: +86 0887-8229916 or +86 0887-8231553.

 Nursing Room: Mothers traveling with babies can go to the nursing room at the east side of second floor in T2

 ATM: ATM of Agricultural Bank of China can be found inside T2.

 Medical Care: Located at the west side of the first floor in T2.
 Hotline: +86 0887-8231323 or +86 0887-8234567

 Free WIFI: Free WIFI is available at this airport.

Useful Numbers

 VIP Service: +86 0887-8232113
 Lost and Found: +86 0887-8229916 or +86 0887-8231322

Travel Tips:

 Keep warm. Shangri-La weather is cold and windy because of the high altitude. Passengers are advised to bring warm clothes and gauze masks. 
 Prepare some medicine for altitude sickness.
- Last updated on Mar. 11, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Diqing Airport
Asked by Big M from CHINA | May. 28, 2021 01:04Reply
Hi, are there any places for sandwiches at the Shangri-la airport?
I get hungry quite easily.
Answers (1)
Answered by Isaac | May. 30, 2021 20:20

As I know, there are several restaurants and fast foods in that airport. You can easily find them. Don't worry.
Asked by Cindy from CANADA | May. 22, 2020 08:01Reply
Is it east to travel Yunnan on your own
I’m a senior and would like to see Yunnan and Sichuan. I’m interested in scenery and culture of its people. Would like to do some easy hiking. Is it feasible for me to do it by myself and book hotels as I go along? I have a rough itinerary and know what I’d to see and do.
Answers (1)
Answered by Julian from DENMARK | May. 25, 2020 02:21

Yes, it will be ok for you to book accommodation by yourself. But if you want to visit some famous and popular scenic areas, you are suggested to book the hotels in advance.
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